By Sister M. Madeline Gallagher, MHSH

We are entering our third week of Lent. This week the Church gives us the story of the woman at the well.  Let us contemplate two hearts. The heart of Jesus and the heart of the woman.

Jesus sits to rest. A woman comes to the well. It is afternoon. Neither one should look or speak to each other. But Jesus asks her for a drink. Surprised, shocked, the woman replies, “How is it that you, a Jew, asks a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?”

Jews did not deal with Samaritans. Jesus’ heart felt for her. He begins a simple, yet profound,  conversation with her. His heart goes out to this woman. He sees that her heart is good. She is seeking love, affection and security in the wrong places and with the wrong people. Jesus knows this. He sees her heart.

She believes the Messiah is coming. Her heart must be pounding. She does not know what to say, so she says, “You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep…are you greater than our father Jacob?”  

Two hearts, each different, each seeking love. Jesus draws her out so He can reveal himself to her as the Messiah.

Ponder the two Hearts. Is Jesus seeking after me during this third week of Lent?

Can I be open to the loving heart of Jesus? What is Jesus asking of me? What is Jesus revealing to me? Is my heart open to receive His love as was the woman’ heart at the well? Do I seek love and affection in the wrong places?

Jesus, I place all my trust in you.


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